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This easily accessible conference, enhanced by audio visuals, will provide professionals with a wealth of interventions for bodies to heal minds. Evidence shows that in addressing highly emotionally dysregulating painful life experiences in a therapeutic context, calming the body down first is essential. Physiological interventions are known to calm the mind. Speakers will address how ‘the body keeps the score’ (Bessel van der Kolk) and how unresolved trauma impacts on the immune system and endocrine system. Furthermore, when painful life experiences remain unheard by a skilled listener the trauma finds a way to manifest in the body, in the form of symptoms or disease.
The presenters, all experts in their field, will discuss why psychosomatic symptoms simply won’t go away despite doctors saying there is no evidence of actual illness. They will also explore key interventions which provide amazing physiological regulation using voice, music, movement etc. In addition, Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) will be covered; an innovative neurobehavioural approach for the treatment of troubled children. SAI is particularly effective with those who have suffered abuse or neglect and vital for people who experience sensory overload.
Roz Carrol and Jon Blend
Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained relational body psychotherapist. She teaches ‘Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy’ on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre and is a regular speaker for Confer. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including: Four Relational Modes of Attending to the Body in Psychotherapy in ed. (2014) K. White Talking Bodies: How do we Integrate Working with the Body in Psychotherapy from an Attachment and Relational Perspective?
Jon Blend (MA CQSW) is an adult and child psychotherapist (UKCP and ECP reg.), clinical supervisor, author, musician and international trainer. His background lies in mental health social work and performing arts. Jon has extensive experience of working with children and young people in CAMHS and in private practice. He is guest tutor with the Violet Oaklander Foundation and a member of IATE’s Wellbeing faculty.
UKCP and HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Adolescent Therapeutic Counsellor. Worked for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for over 10 years (trauma specialist for Surrey children in care). Specialises in trauma, attachment issues and mental health with training in EMDR, somatic trauma therapy, sensory integration, Story Stems, Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Published chapter in Helping Adolescents with Anger and Low Self-esteem, edited by Dr Margot Sunderland. Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, Lynne trained as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa working in mental health services.
Director and vocal lead, Cymaz Music (connecting communitites through music). As a classically trained singer and with a degree in Performing Arts, Emily has a good solid grounding in technique and vocal health. She has worked in music education for more than 13 years. In her previous role at The National Foundation for Youth Music, Emily secured over £1.3m towards national Volunteering and Music Mentoring programmes for young people which she devised, set up and managed on behalf of Youth Music. She was the lead for Youth Participation, setting up the national Youth Council for Youth Music. Emily is passionate about music and its power and is dedicated to ensuring that people in Cornwall have access to high quality music making which is relevant to their needs and interests. She herself was put off playing instruments as a child because of the approach and style that was on offer. Emily works with Jane on the strategic development of Cymaz Music, seeking income generation and partnerships. She has pioneered a new programme of holistic singing and relaxation sessions for people suffering with chronic pain.
Professor Helen Payne
Professor Dr Helen Payne, PhD (London) is based at the University of Hertfordshire where she supervises a number of PhD candidates, teaches on doctoral, MA and Continuing Professional Development programmes in health, wellbeing and education. Since 1990 she has been accredited as a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy psychotherapist and is a Fellow of, and Senior Registered dance movement psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy/DMP. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, supervises and examines doctoral candidates internationally. Her recent publications include Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice (Routledge). She is commissioned editor-in-chief for the forthcoming ‘Routledge International Handbook on Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy: Approaches from Dance Movement and Body Psychotherapies‘.